France “Deeply Concerned” about Anti-Muslim Violence in Myanmar

Paris, 18 Safar 1438/18 November 2016 (MINA) – France said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” by the growing violence in the Arakan region of Myanmar and was especially concerned about the attacks against the ethnic Rohingya Muslims who are a persecuted minority in that region, KUNA reported.

Scores of deaths have been reported in Arkan and a number of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee the region because of attacks by local communities.

A military curfew and deployment of troops has led to more anti-Rohingya attacks, news reports said.

“France is deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in the Arakan, in particular against the Rohingya minority,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We call for an immediate halt to this violence (and) for the protection of civilian populations and respect for the Rule of Law. It is especially important to ensure humanitarian access and to shed light on these events,” the statement added.

“This conflict can only be resolved through dialogue between all the parties,” Paris indicated. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)